Jul 12, 2012 3:45am
Re: Not that anyone cares, but here's a list of 1950 NBC kinescopes held by the Library of Congress
There are between 40 and 50 surviving kinescopes from 1948....and we are only able to view about 4 of them (two 1948 episodes of "Howdy Doody" circulate on the collectors circuit such as Shokus Video; 1 episode of "Studio One" is on DVD; 1 episode of "The Gay Nineties Revue" can be viewed on the Museum of Broadcast Communications website and on here, though the file is pretty compressed).
I for one would love to view the surviving episodes of shows like "Kraft Televison Theatre", "The Swift Show" and "Photographic Horizons" and many others from that year.
Meanwhile, around 71 episodes of "The Morey Amsterdam Show" survive (1948-1950), only 3 of which circulate online, even though the whole series is public domain.
"Marge and Jeff", a failed sitcom from 1953-1954 that aired 5 nights a week for 15-minutes, is public domain and has around 30 surviving episodes. Was it a great series? Probably not. It may have been good, bad, or indifferent, but we'll never know.
"Admiral Broadway Revue" has between 16 and 18 surviving episodes (of the 19 produced). I bought a DVD with 8 episodes from ioffer hoping to upload them, but the DVD kept skipping, and the picture quality was very compressed.
"Autumn Affair", an Australian soap opera of the 1950s, has many surviving episodes. Do we ever get to see them? Nope.
Despite constant claims to the contrary, many episodes survive of "Your Show of Shows". They are so hard to find that most people presume they are lost.
"Cafe Continental" has 3 surviving episodes from 1950, and all are public domain under British copyright law. But we'll never get to see them, will we....
The oldest surviving examples of television sitcoms (an episode of "Mary Kay and Johnny" and a couple episodes of DuMont's "The Growing Paynes") can also be added to the list of things we'll never see.
"The Bobby Limb Show" was popular in Australia, some episodes survive and they are public domain. More stuff we'll never see.
They say 1953-1954 "Melody Street" is one of the worst series ever produced. But the two surviving episodes cannot be viewed, how can we know for sure?
At least four episodes survive of "The Jane Pickens Show", a 15-minute music series. Another show we'll never see, even though yet again it is public domain.
The first 10 minutes of KTLA's first broadcast (back in '47) survives. Never get to see that either.
The surviving fragment from 1947's "Variety in Sepia" can be viewed....as a very badly compressed YouTube video. Yuck.
Dozens and dozens of public domain episodes survive of "The Ruggles". All that circulates is a christmas episode.
How about ABC's "Let There be Stars" from 1949?
Also the surviving episodes of early childrens series "Lucky Pup" aka "Foodini the Great".
"Hit Parade", an Australian TV series of the 1950s, is yet another (some episodes survive, none of which we'll ever see).
Don't forgot a couple dozen episodes survive of the infamous "Twenty-One". Only a few circulate on the collectors circuit.
THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON!!